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Today's Opinions

  • Reason takes a back seat to partisanship in Senate

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The first month of the General Assembly has concluded with more frigid temperatures and snowfall.

  • Democrats impose undemocratic rule

    By Delegate Kathy J. Byron
    22nd District

        Richmond was cold and snowy this week, as it was in much of Virginia.  As the hopes for those who dreamt of a mild winter faded, the General Assembly was busy and – in the Senate – pretty noisy.  For me, though, the week featured two somewhat unusual “honors.”

  • The short end of the stick

        Life is a series of trade-offs.
        You want that second piece of cheesecake?  It'll cost you some extra time at the gym.
        You want to stay up late watching Twilight Zone re-runs?  You'll pay for that by feeling logy at work the next day.
        Regrettably, not all of life's trade-offs are as obvious.  Vaguely-perceived consequences of our decisions, however, can be just as acute in their impact.

  • The state of the union? It’s better!

    How one felt about the president’s State of the Union Address last week is no doubt colored by one’s political point of view. But Barack Obama does in fact have a good argument for why things are getting better in the USA.
        The country has come a good distance down the right road since the financial crisis of 2008.

  • Nothing new about this

  • Blood in the water

    Democrats can smell the blood in the water. And they’re going for the throat.
        Republicans may have no one to blame but themselves.
        It was just two years ago that Republicans chose not to share committee assignments with Democrats, using Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling’s vote as a tie-breaker to grab power in the state Senate. It may have seemed like a good idea at the time; but now that power’s gone and the Dems are upping the ante on the power grab.

  • Letters 01/29/14

    The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw

        I have always hated the south. From Maryland to Miami I have visited often, but always came back north with memories of some ugly experience down south. I have relatives I visit infrequently because of my dislike of the politics, the historical factoids and the attitude of the racist bigots that permeate the town’s cities and states of the confederacy.

  • Stopping IRS targeting

    For over 226 years the United States Constitution has served as the law of the land, preserving the rights and liberties that have made our nation the beacon of freedom it is today. These rights must be jealously guarded and not impeded by the federal government.